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Hello all - I have inherited a 9000CSE Turbo (Auto) with a FSH and despite it having 132K on the clock I have fallen in love with it over my much newer company car

The car has every extra that it could possibly have, reading the mass on the boards has given me some pointers as to what to look for in general - but can anyone tell me what problems they have had with the '93 (L-plate) and what I should have checked out.

Also I have been recomended Trent Saab as a good independent in the Nottingham area - any comments?
 

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Welcome to the board Saabtan

132k is not high for a 9000 CS as long as it has been serviced (which it has!)

Big things to check for are that the timing chain has been done - expensive to replace, but a lot more if it breaks. You get lots of warning with the racket. A lot of Auto 9000's tend to have problems around 70k miles, so hopefully yours is past the worst.

Trent Saab are very good indeed but not the cheapest. If you go, Glenn is a very nice chap and excellent at his job (Senior Technician) He's also an enthusiast (as is Graham the owner).

There are other specialists in the area, though the ones I know of are around Leicester and Rugby.

Richard Elliott (Glossop??) is probably too far.

Know what you mean about preferring it to the company car - I used to take my old 1991 9000 2.3T Carlsson in prefernece to the company 2001 Passat (no contest!)
 

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Hello there. First thing I would do is to remove the front wheel arch liners (Bill J's site gives you all the details) and check the 4 inches of metal brake pipe hidden between the liners and the inner wheel arch.
These are not checked during an MOT, nor are they looked at during a SAAB service by a main dealer.
I only realised this myself when one finally burst under heavy braking, due to rust.

And believe me, the car is lethal on half brakes
Other than that, one of the best things you can do is read back through the last year's threads on this site - almost every possible problem has been covered and if it hasn't, someone is bound to know the answer.
 

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132,000 is just about run in !!!!

My wife has the same car as yours, what I would check are,
cam chains (as above)
brake pads - check its got some, despite every gizmo under the sun there is'nt a wear indicator and the pads tend to wear quickly

And thats about it, obviously things will wear as on every car so just "keep an eye on things"

Oh and change the oil every 5000 to 6000 miles using fully synthetic oil.

I too have to drive lots of company/rental vehicles and its a relief to get back in my "old" SAABs.
 

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Thanks guys - - am looking forward to having a good poke around under the bonnet this weekend - I can see this being very bad for a) my golf and B) my relationship (In that order!!!!)
 
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